Welcome to 2011, everybody. Let’s hope it brings us all at least some of what we want and hope for.
I make an appearance in the French blogosphere this week, with something called a Chinese Portrait over at the Eclipse blog. They’re publishing the French edition of Winterbirth, and the Chinese Portrait thing is not something I’d come across before but it’s a fun little exercise in coy authorial self-definition. For those not fluent in the French language, I thought I’d put the English version up here, so that others can see what I think of myself. So here we go:
If you were a quality, what would you be?
If you were a flaw?
If you were a work of art?
A painting by Monet – probably one of the haystacks
If you were a sound?
Running water – a small stream, not some great raging torrent
If you were a song/music?
Hello Darkness My Old Friend, by Simon and Garfunkel
If you were a word?
If you were a book?
War and Peace
If you were a motto/a quotation?
If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you have seriously underestimated the gravity of the situation
If you were a movie?
If you were a time period?
Late 19th century: Victorian Britain
If you were a personage of fiction?
If you were an animal?
If you were a mythological being or supernatural creature?
A Hobbit – one of the hobbits who stays at home in the Shire, rather than going off on adventures
So there you are. My Chinese Portrait. Revealing or not; you decide.